Born in Fribourg on 22nd May, 1925, he died in Bern 30th August, 1991.
Tinguely was one of the founders of the Nouveaux Réalistes. He served an apprenticeship as decorator (as a window-dresser he stirred sensation in Bern). The artist constructed his first mechanical works of art, for which he is famous today, in the Sixties. Two fountains are especially well-known to the public: one in front of the »Kunsthalle« in Basle, the other is a collaboration with Niki de St Phalle. It is located near the Centre Pompidou in Paris.